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Reporting Concerns

Each university member is expected to report actual or suspected violations of laws, regulations, VCU policies and procedures or other misconduct. Management has a special duty to recognize and report violations.

Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect:  All persons employed by VCU, who suspect child abuse or neglect in their professional or official capacity are to report as follows:
  • Report as soon as possible, but not longer than 24 hours after having reason to suspect a reportable offense.
  • Report suspected offense immediately to the local department of the county or city wherein the child resides or wherein the abuse or neglect is believed to have occurred; or
  • Report to The Virginia Department of Social Services’ toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline at 1-800-552-7096; or
  • Report through one of the above listed reporting mechanisms for VCU and VCU will make the report to VA Department of Social Services. Please note this may cause a delay in reporting during non business hours; therefore, it is best to report directly to the appropriate local city or country department or main office for the Virginia Department of Social Services.

When you have concerns, you have options:

  • You may report violations or concerns to your immediate supervisor or department head, if appropriate.

  • You may call the individual responsible for the related compliance area, if appropriate. Please see the Compliance Partners section of this site for specific information.

  • You may call the VCU Helpline at 1-888-242-6022, or log a report online at Both of these options provide university members an anonymous and confidential reporting option 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • You may call or email the ICO directly at (804) 828-2336 or

  • You may call Virginia's State Employee Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline available Mon-Fri 8:15am-5pm at 1-800-723-1615 or


Examples of violations that should be reported include suspected or actual:

  • Cases of fraud, waste or abuse
  • Violations of governmental regulations
  • Violations of ethics
  • Violations of VCU policies and procedures

All reports must be made in good faith and are protected from retaliation by the Duty to Report policy, and state and federal whistleblower protections.

Reports made to the Helpline are handled and investigated by the Integrity & Compliance Office, with assistance from other areas as needed.



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  Date Last Modified: September 28, 2015
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